Inclement weather hits several districts – Minister says compensation may not be sufficient

Inclement weather hits several districts – Minister says compensation may not be sufficient

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jul, 2014 | 9:53 pm

The Disaster Management Centre says that 1057 houses were damaged as a result of the strong winds that were experienced in a number of districts. Asst. director of the center Pradeep Koddippili stated that 52 houses have been completely destroyed while two lives were lost .

According to the Disaster Management Centre, 1245 individuals residing in the Badulla, Nuwara  Eliya and Hambantota districts have been affected.

A thirty-three-year old woman died in the  Thimbirikadawala area in Srawasthipura , Anuradhapura when a coconut tree collapsed on her.

According to the police the incident took place at around 12.15 p.m. The districts of Nuwara Eliya and Badulla faced the brunt of the extreme weather conditions. Eighty schools in the Welimada, Badulla and Haldumulla areas were closed  on Monday as a result of the strong winds.

The district secretary of Badulla noted that 545 houses in the area were damaged. The strong winds experienced in the Nuwara Eliya district affected 1215 persons. The district secretary of Nuwara Eliya stated that the affected persons are being housed at four camps.

He added that 313 houses sustained damaged due to the strong winds.

This is the manner in which the strong winds tore off the roofs of the Ragala Tamil college in Nuwara Eliya. Nearly 300 houses sustained damages due to strong winds in the Halpe and Veheragoda areas located in the Imbulpe Divisional Secretariat area in Balangoda.

The power supply to the are has been disrupted while the displaced persons are being houses at a camp set up in the Veheregoda Vidyalaya in Balangoda. A number of farmlands in the area were also affected by the strong winds. Several houses and temples in the Dimuthugama area in Welimada also sustained damages.

Meanwhile, Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera stated that relief is being offered to those affected by the strong winds.Compensation amounting to Rs.100,000  is usually granted to a house which is destroyed by strong winds.

News 1st questioned the subject minister as to whether this amount is sufficient as it has not changed in a number of years

Mahinda Amaraweera:

“Before they provided 50,000 rupees as compensation; now they give 100,000 rupees. Even 15,000 rupees is insufficient funeral aid, and I too believe that this should be increased therefore we will try our level best to put forth this matter to the cabinet minsters, the minister of finance and the president.”

Question: Why is not the subject minister taking steps to rectify this issue ?

Mahinda Amaraweera:

We have asked for approval from the Ministry of Finance,but unfortunately we aren’t able to increase the amount, even though they have increased the budget for everything else they have not increased the amount for this purpose. I am also not satisfied with the amount allocated. They must increase this and I will try to request for an increase once again.

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